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Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center

95 Sterling Hwy, Homer, AK 99603-7472
+1 907-235-6961
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This is a free attraction and very informative about tides and various wild life. They give free... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Marie S
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Good overview of the area

Interesting displays and great intro film. The photos in the auditorium are very special (they... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Genie B
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The Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center is a partnership between the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve. Built in 2003 as a resource for the community and visitors to Homer, Alaska, the building houses interpretive and interactive exhibits and displays describing the important work and research of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve.Located at 95 Sterling Highway, there are opportunities to enjoy the exhibit hall, informative videos, regular educational programming, and Ranger/Naturalist-led walks and presentations.The Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center is your window to the largest seabird refuge in the world, with all of the natural wonders of Kachemak Bay right outside its doors!
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95 Sterling Hwy, Homer, AK 99603-7472
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a free attraction and very informative about tides and various wild life. They give free guided tours of the nearby Slough. I highly recommend the tour as well as walking the nearby beach. The information on the tide swings are very good and...More

Thank Marie S
IOVC, Public Relations Manager at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for stopping by our Visitor Center! We love taking visitors on our Beluga Slough hike to share the beauty of our 43-acre estuary with folks like you! Hope to see you back here soon! -Naturalist Molly

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting displays and great intro film. The photos in the auditorium are very special (they ought to offer for sale!) Make sure you walk around the outside to view the foliage and eagles.

Thank Genie B
IOVC, Public Relations Manager at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We're so glad you enjoyed the film about our research vessel, The Tiglax! Did you know Tiglax translates to "Eagle" in the Aleut native language? Hope to see you back here soon! -Naturalist Molly

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was included on our Holland American cruise tour "Highlights of Homer" (which was excellent..Homer being my favorite of the 9 ports). Excellent displays. Educational and fun.

Thank UPprincess
IOVC, Public Relations Manager at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We're so glad you made our Islands and Ocean Visitor Center one of your stops here in Homer! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip! -Naturalist Molly

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in, and we are so glad we did. We learned a lot about the area and surrounding areas. There is a trail that goes out over the marsh with amazing views.

Thank Suziwoo4
IOVC, Public Relations Manager at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Glad you stopped by our Visitor's Center! The trail is our Beluga Slough trail that leads out to our 43 acre wetland habitat that's full of wildlife including our nesting Sandhill Cranes! Hope to see you back here soon! -Naturalist Molly

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were blown away by the comprehensive displays, helpful people, photos and films at the Islands and Ocean VC. And it's free. It's very interesting and really helped us understand the range of the Aleutian Islands and the mission and impact of the US Wildlife...More

Thank Lori S
IOVC, Public Relations Manager at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We're so glad you enjoyed visiting our center! We are so fortunate to have the Aleutian Islands as part of our refuge allowing for an immense amount of diversity that we get to share with wonderful visitors like you all! Hope to see you back...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This free museum was a fun place to stop. My kids (3 & 5) liked the interactive displays. It's fairly small and we were there less than an hour.

Thank January71
Reviewed 12 June 2017

What a beautifully done nature center. We stayed for an hour and really enjoyed ourselves learning about the marine life and the fight to protect its existence. Everyone should visit and support this project.

Thank sherryb2222
IOVC, Public Relations Manager at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2017

Thank you for your kind words about our visitor center and taking the time to learn about our Refuge! We hope to see you back here soon! -Naturalist Molly

Reviewed 11 June 2017

A very good overall view of wildlife and history of the area, enjoyed all of the history related facts.

Thank Vanimal1
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

It is a very nice bullding , but not to much to do. There are a few paths you can walk outside of the bulding that are nice if its not a rainy day .

Thank Anessia9450
Reviewed 8 June 2017

I watched the 2 short films about the research supported by this center and would highly recommend both. All research that helps keep the wildlife wild and healthy in Katchemak Bay is worthwhile. I did not look around much beyond that because it looked like...More

Thank Ann M
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Ronen K
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Response from IOVC | Property representative |
Thanks so much for your interest in visiting Islands & Ocean Visitor Center! 1-2 hours would be enough time to complete our Jr. Biologist Activity Book, watch a film or two, explore the exhibits, and hike the trail along... More
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